Putting the power of cartoons where it belongs...

Toonables is a hybrid of a tangible interface (a figure) and a computer interface. Users can animate the onscreen character (seen left) by moving the physical figure (below).

Toonables is a project of the Interaction Design Studio at Stanford University. the hands of kids.

Toonables was designed to scaffold the creation of keyframe animations. We wanted to merge two play patterns: imaginative pretend play (usually with dolls, action figures, self) and the passive experience of watching cartoons.

With Toonables, cartoons transform from a passive experience to an interactive activity!

Watch the video below for a demonstration.